Initial experience with teriparatide in the United States.
Teriparatide has been commercially available in the United States (US) for over 3 years. This summary spans the early experience with this therapy. As of December 31, 2005, over 235 000 patients had filled a prescription for teriparatide world-wide. Data collected from July to December 2004, from 15,000 retail pharmacies in the US, indicated that the mean age of patients was 67.5 years, and more recent data collected from January through October 2005 indicated that 90% of patients were female. According to market research conducted with prescribing physicians from February through March of 2005, it is estimated that over 80% of patients receiving prescriptions for teriparatide had already experienced one or more prior fractures. Since teriparatide is administered subcutaneously, it is important that patients receive training on the use of the teriparatide injection device (i.e., the pen device). Educational programs are available for those who have been prescribed teriparatide therapy. Patients may also contact a customer care program regarding a variety of topics, including pen device use. Based on patient feedback, design changes have been implemented in the pen device to facilitate optimal use. Updates have also been made to the prescribing information to reflect the post-marketing surveillance experience. Adverse experiences reported to date have been consistent with the current product label and with cumulative teriparatide clinical trial experience. As of December 31, 2005 no reports of pathology-confirmed osteosarcoma have been received for individuals who have been treated with teriparatide, either with the commercially available drug or in clinical trials. We are unaware of any reports of osteosarcoma in association with other preparations of teriparatide, or other peptides of parathyroid hormone, either in the setting of clinical trials or from marketed drug experience.
Gold, DT; Pantos, BS; Masica, DN; Misurski, DA; Marcus, R
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